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Father Christmas unable to enter Bethlehem because of apartheid wall? Will reindeer be held up at checkpoint?
Forget the message of peace and good will which is supposed to come with Christmas – this is one of hate and ill-will from a group of Palestinian ‘Christians’. It is a long, whining screed, packed with every dishonest cliché they can find in the Palestinian propaganda handbook.
BETHLEHEM the glorious birth-place of Jesus Christ has been witnessing very difficult and harsh conditions ever since the Israeli Occupation. This sacred city of peace has turned to be a huge prison full of misery, agony and anger.
The Israeli occupation has desecrated the land of Bethlehem through long closures, checkpoints, the devastation of roads the uprooting of thousands of olive trees and land destruction. These extreme measures have been practiced to beat the spirits of the Bethlehemites.
And so it goes on, full of self-pity, especially about the ‘apartheid wall’. Innocent Jewish lives count for nothing before Palestinian inconvenience, or the frustration caused by not being able to carry out the occasional massacre of school children on buses. Their olive trees seem more important than those children. Also, lies about the destruction of olive trees play an important role in Palestinian propaganda.
Tops all these catastrophic inhuman violations is the New Terminal of Bethlehem, which is the recent tribulation to all Palestinians. The Israelis are implementing strict and humiliating searching procedures on Palestinians, tourists and pilgrims. Is this what occupiers claim to be a means of their safety and security? Israel is denying the Palestinians human rights without thinking of the consequences. This is because we the Palestinians are forgotten and ignored by the international Christian community.
Why do Palestinian Christians keep claiming that they are forgotten and ignored by the rest of the Christian world? I read Catholic newspapers and an assortment of Christian news websites, and a disproportionate amount of space is given to the bitter whinges of these people. They blame the Jews for all their troubles and try to resurrect the old Christian anti-Semitism while so many others are trying hard to bury the monster.
Something about the authors of this poisonous nonsense:
Laity Committee in the Holy Land (LCHL) is an interest group of Palestinian laity Christians from all denominations seeking to activate the Christian role in the general aspects of the Palestinian life.
So what have lies, hatred, simmering resentment got to do with ‘activating the Christian role’? These people bear a terrible witness to Christianity.
"Terrible witness," indeed. Clearly, what they are "seeking" is the destruction of Israel.
Besides, well-established olive trees are almost impossible to destroy. Even when they are completely burned by fire, their roots produce new shoots (though it may take some time). And from reading Danby's translation of The Mishnah, I know that Judaism places a special value on the olive tree. It is not a plant that Jews would destroy, because it occupies a place of particular respect.
Do you know any good sites about olive trees which include information like that?